Politics and Media Headlines 2/20/09


Their turn to protest.  I wonder if they were kept out of the president's view, as the Bush protesters were.
More than 500 protest Obama's arrival (East Valley Tribune)
Presidential protesters made their voices heard in chants and signs Wednesday outside Dobson High School... They held their signs up high: "Don't tread on me,""Spend all you want, I'll pick up the tab,""I'll keep my freedom! You keep the change!""Free fertility drugs now." And "B.O. smells and so does Socialism."

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GOP governors consider turning down stimulus money (AP)
A handful of Republican governors are considering turning down some money from the federal stimulus package, a move opponents say puts conservative ideology ahead of the needs of constituents struggling with record foreclosures and soaring unemployment. Though none has outright rejected the money available for education, health care and infrastructure, the governors of Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alaska, South Carolina and Idaho have all questioned whether the $787 billion bill signed into law this week will even help the economy.
Turn down the money.  Uh huh.--Caro

Kit Bond Touts Effects Of Stimulus Bill He Voted Against (Think Progress)
Last week, Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) slammed President Obama's recovery and reinvestment plan... "Unfortunately, this bill stimulates the debt, it stimulates the growth of government, but it doesn't stimulate jobs," Bond insisted. However, [this week] Bond is touring Missouri to tout the very stimulus plan he railed against. In a press release, Bond boasted about an amendment he included in the bill to provide more funding for affordable housing -- and that will create jobs... Bond is not alone in trying to reap the political benefits both from voting against the bill and from bringing much needed funding to his district.

Assumptions (County Fair, Media Matters for America)
WaPo's Michael Shear...: "Because the Republicans largely abandoned the stimulus bill, the Democrats are the ones that will own it -- for good or ill."... Democrats may "own" the stimulus, but Republicans share ownership of the fact that it wasn't bigger.  If the stimulus doesn't work, and insufficient spending turns out to be the reason, Republicans will own a large share of the blame.
Yes, but what the American people believe about who may be at fault depends almost entirely on what's said by the media mavens who are constitutionally predisposed to blame Democrats for everything that's bad, and to praise Republicans at all times.--Caro

Insufficient Boldness (by Simon Johnson, a Professor at MIT Sloan School of Management and a Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, writing at The New Republic)
[A] definite advantage of [Obama's homeowner rescue] plan is that it should help unblock the problem of securitization trusts. Housing loans that were "bundled" together into mortgage-backed securities have been hard to restructure, because no one has clear authority to negotiate on behalf of thousands of dispersed investors... The Obama plan is certainly better than the inaction that preceded it, and it signals that some unproductive ideology has quietly dropped away. Unfortunately, it feels like being vaccinated only after already contracting a disease; you would much rather be offered a potential cure. That cure would be expensive--particularly if it involved more money to support the modification of non-Fannie/Freddie mortgages--and it might not work. But there is little to be gained at this stage from being insufficiently bold.

A Step in the Right Direction (by James Kwak at Baseline Scenario
I agree that the main concern is that the plan does not go far enough. This is because the main proposal for struggling homeowners is to provide cash incentives to lenders... So I think that the Obama team has to be ready to sweeten the pot later - or take other, more aggressive measures - if this plan does not have the desired effect. Of course, if they were going to do that, they wouldn't announce it now (because you don't want lenders just to hold out for the next round of larger bonuses). So maybe that is the plan. But on balance I think most of what is in the plan is helpful. If only it had come, say, twelve months ago.

Recovery.gov (Political Wire)
The Obama administration set up a web site to show how the economic stimulus money is spent, state-by-state.

Obama Allies Launch New Ad Touting Stim Package As "First Step On Road To Recovery" (by Greg Sargent at The Plum Line)
A Democratic operative sends over the new ad that Obama's allies on the left -- AFSCME and the labor-backed Americans United for Change -- have just launched touting the benefits of the stimulus package President Obama signed... The ad touts the stim package as "the first step on the road to recovery." This forward-looking formulation is yet another reminder that the political war over the package is only just starting. In the months ahead, Obama and Dems will be working to solidify public perceptions that the bill is righting the economy, while Republicans try to cast it as failing.
Click through to watch the ad.  We're on the right track with ads like this, but it may not be enough.  The right wingers are way ahead of us in outlets and spokespersons, some of whom will lie and make hugely inaccurate comparisons to demean their opponents.  See below.--Caro

Fox & Friends asks: "Are we headed towards Socialism?" (video at County Fair, Media Matters for America)

Hannity declares recovery bill "a liberal hijacking of the American way of life" (video at County Fair, Media Matters for America)

Special Report takes a "fair and balanced look" at whether the recovery plan is "socialism" (video at County Fair, Media Matters for America)

Doocy claims "administration is talking down the economy" so that "anything up is up" (video at County Fair, Media Matters for America)

Cunningham suggests Obama should "resign the Presidency" if stimulus fails (video at County Fair, Media Matters for America)
Right.  The way Bush did when we saw that there were no WMDs in Iraq.--Caro

Michelle Malkin takes photo with man holding swastika Obama sign (County Fair, Media Matters for America)
The man with the sign isn't professing his affinity for Nazis.  He isn't even identifying himself as a Nazi.  The swastika in question has a circle around it forming an O and the rest of the sign reads "BAMA".  Get it?  Obama is a Nazi.

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Carolyn Kay
MakeThemAccountable.com

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17 Comments

Come on Caro....

Their turn to protest.  I wonder if they were kept out of the president's view, as the Bush protesters were.

You saw the town halls, they didn't loyality check anyone there, complete Dittoheads were allowed to ask questions of the President....

What should OUTRAGE you is, this is just Dittoheads following Santelli's lead.

Class Warfare?  

Yes, I would prefer to have EVERYONE thrown out of their homes, have the housing prices go into the tank for a decade, cause I hate Cadillac Driving Welfare Mother...Oh, wait, that was last time....

The Republicans are COUNTING on the media to pick up this backlash against the housing ballout...

They NEED failure, they need chaos, it doesn't matter who gets crushed...

So, why the FUCK do you turn this into "are the putting obama in the bubble..."

He knows the problems...He doesn't need to see these folks to know the backlash problems in the housing bailout bill...that is why it is so narrowly focused...

You have been pretty good lately with the Obama slams.

Just, not giving you a free pass on this one....

by WashStateBlue 2009-02-20 08:31AM | 0 recs
Re: Come on Caro....

If I got outraged against all the outrages I'd be dead of a heart attack.

I try to figure out how they keep getting votes, and I try to inform people about it, and find ways to combat them.

I get precious little support on that from most of the so-called progressives.

Carolyn Kay
MakeThemAccountable.com

by Caro 2009-02-20 09:05AM | 0 recs
Re: Come on Caro....

I wonder why you get so little support.  Perhaps it has something to do with calling your audience "so-called progressives."  You have worked pretty determinedly to alienate many readers on this site.  Writing as if you have some claim to progressive purity and perception is not going to help you with this.

by Strummerson 2009-02-20 10:53AM | 0 recs
Exactly my point

She cuts in an item about folks screaming at Obama about Socialism....And, what, she is worried Obama is being sheltered from this critically important message?

Yet, one line later, she is all "you so called progressives..."

The PROGRESSIVE point of view is, 500 people who are obviously taking the Ditto Head position on this are probably going to REINFORCE the Republican point of view, by getting the media to believe, inspite of the fact OVERWHELMING NUMBERS are supporting intitatives TO DO SOMETHING, that the DO NOTHING Republicans are right!

Which is it Caro?

Do you agree with that A-hole Santelli, that bailing out homeowners is just this generations Cadillac Driving Welfare Mother outrage?

What a TRUE PROGRESSIVE Thinks when he sees those protestors is...

Another group of brainwashed idiots, who are going to vote against their own self-interest, by being deluded by the right-wing.

Not, Gosh, I wonder if they are keeping Obama isolated from this critical message.

by WashStateBlue 2009-02-20 12:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Come on Caro....

If the shoe doesn't fit, don't wear it.

But don't belittle my experience with people who claim to be on the left, but who have been as hateful as the worst of the Bushbots.

Carolyn Kay
MakeThemAccountable.com

by Caro 2009-02-20 12:36PM | 0 recs
Re: Come on Caro....

Oh, for freaks sake!!!  If ANYONE around here has forfeited their right to complain about being belittled, it's you.  You seem almost incapable of composing a sentence that doesn't trumpet your purity and superiority and belittle everyone who reads it.  I don't belittle your "experience" as I have know idea what it is.  I know that you belittle your own experience when you shred your own credibility by constantly belittling everyone else.  Good luck with your "experience."  I hope it keeps you warm.  Keep adressing everyone else like they are idiots and jerks and that's all you'll have left.  Sounds like a regressive strategy to me...

by Strummerson 2009-02-20 12:41PM | 0 recs
Re: Come on Caro....

If you weren't part of the vicious, hateful, right wing style campaign against Hillary Clinton and her supporters, I have to wonder why you think I'm talking about you when I refer to it.

Joe Cannon did the best job of documenting the hatred:

Why we can't "Get over it": Threats from Obama cultists
http://cannonfire.blogspot.com/2008/06/w hy-we-cant-get-over-it-threats-from.html

Clinton Derangement Syndrome: Take this quiz
http://cannonfire.blogspot.com/2008/06/c linton-derangement-syndrome-take-this.ht ml

More unity
http://cannonfire.blogspot.com/2008/07/m ore-unity.html

Glaring daggers: Why I cannot do as Hillary asks
http://cannonfire.blogspot.com/2008/08/g laring-daggers-why-i-cannot-do-as.html

And that's just a sampling.

Carolyn Kay
MakeThemAccountable.com

by Caro 2009-02-21 01:10AM | 0 recs
Re: Come on Caro....

You personally were pushing the "obama is a secret muslim alien" smear, which is far worse than anything you're accusing us of.

by Jess81 2009-02-21 09:52AM | 0 recs
Re: Come on Caro....

THAT IS A F*CKING LIE!

The only things that I posted about the Muslim smear clearly labeled them as lying smears.

My criticism was that the Obots told people that Obama was immune from this kind of smear, which was why he would be better than Clinton.  And that was a lie.

The man's whole presidency is built on lies.

And here you are telling more.

Carolyn Kay
MakeThemAccountable.com

by Caro 2009-02-22 06:49AM | 0 recs
Re: Come on Caro....

whoops.  Maybe you can get them to erase that for you BEFORE you accuse people of lying.

by Jess81 2009-02-27 08:22PM | 0 recs
Re: Come on Caro....

Oh I just clicked your link - those are allegations by Paula Abdeles whose claim to fame is trying to keep the Jefferson family society racially segregated, and impersonating a black man on the internet in order to keep it whites only.

That you would find her credible and use her as a source tells me all I need to know about you.

by Jess81 2009-02-21 09:55AM | 0 recs
Re: Come on Caro....

I used Joe Cannon as a source.

He's reliable.

Period.

Carolyn Kay
MakeThemAccountable.com

by Caro 2009-02-22 07:55AM | 0 recs
Re: Come on Caro....

Oh I have no doubt that Joseph Cannon is quoting Paula Abdeles accurately.

by Jess81 2009-02-27 08:25PM | 0 recs
Re: Come on Caro....

I don't think you are talking about me.  I am pointing out how your mode of address is alienating to your readers.  There was plenty of out of bounds stuff on both sides during the primaries.  Clinton's candidacy was a worthy cause and I respect those who fought for it honorably.  Same with Obama's.  Time to grow up and get to work now.

I don't think you need a counter argument at this point.  Maybe medication and therapy will help.  I wish you a speedy recovery.

by Strummerson 2009-02-21 02:32PM | 0 recs
Re: Politics and Media Headlines 2/20/09

I wish Obama would go back to Washington though.

Market has tanked again since he went on the road.

by RichardFlatts 2009-02-20 10:15AM | 0 recs
Re: Politics and Media Headlines 2/20/09

Correllation /= causation.

by Reaper0Bot0 2009-02-20 12:15PM | 0 recs
Yeah, really

"Obama's on AF-One? SELL!!"

by Neef 2009-02-21 07:57PM | 0 recs

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